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22 Oct 2018 description
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PROTECTION CONCERNS

  • Civilian casualties: In September, OHCHR recorded 20 conflict-related civilian casualties (5 killed and 15 injured). Three boys were killed and one severely injured due to a landmine explosion near Horlivka (Donetsk NGCA). Overall, mine and ERW-related incidents accounted for 50% of casualties.

  • Security: On 11 September, a school in Zolote-5 (Luhansk NGCA) came under fire and children were evacuated to bomb shelters.

19 Oct 2018 description

The SMM recorded fewer ceasefire violations in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, compared with the previous reporting period. The Mission followed up on a civilian car carrying a family that was struck by a ricocheted bullet at the entry-exit checkpoint in Marinka. The Mission recorded ceasefire violations near the Stanytsia Luhanska and Petrivske disengagement areas and observed military presence in the Zolote disengagement area.

19 Oct 2018 description
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An increase of civilian casualties was recorded in September – from 12 in August to 20 (5 killed and 15 injured), according to OHCHR, as hostilities continued unabated in eastern Ukraine. On 11 September, a secondary school in the settlement Zolote 5 (Luhanska Oblast, NGCA) was shelled during classes and 100 students and teachers had to be evacuated to the nearby bomb shelters. This was the 62nd security incident involving educational facilities so far this year. Since January 2017, 57 incidents of education facility damages have been recorded, directly affecting nearly 5,600 children.

18 Oct 2018 description
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The number of civilian crossings through the “contact line” decreased after the peak of 1.3 million in August. Reconstruction works aimed at improving basic services such as shelter, water, toilets and electricity supply for people crossing is currently ongoing at the EECP ‘Novotroitske’ and ‘Stanytsia Luhanska’. However, lack of adequate facilities and access to emergency care remained a concern, particularly at the zero checkpoints - a territory between the five operating EECPs in the Government controlled areas and those beyond Government’s control.

17 Oct 2018 description

MINSK, 17 October 2018 – The Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Ambassador Martin Sajdik, made the following statement to the press after the meeting of the TCG ‎and its Working Groups in Minsk on 16 October 2018:

“As you know, in early October, Ukraine prolonged the validity of the law on the special status of certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

For my part, I welcome this fact as evidence of Ukraine’s commitment to the Minsk agreements and the peaceful resolution of the conflict.

17 Oct 2018 description

At least 10 people have been killed and many more wounded in a bomb explosion at a college in Crimea that one witness told local television also involved an attack by armed gunmen.

The Russian national anti-terrorism committee, a government body, said the explosion at a polytechnic was caused by an “unidentified explosive device”, according to Russia’s Tass state news agency.

The bomb blast took place in the city of Kerch, which is the entry point for a new 19km bridge linking Crimea to mainland Russia.

17 Oct 2018 description
report REACH Initiative

Since the onset of the conflict in Ukraine and the partition of the Donbas region in 2014, more than one million people have been registered as internally displaced in the government controlled areas of the country. Ongoing fighting and the impact of the conflict on livelihoods and employment have pushed hundreds of thousands from their homes, greatly affecting the population dynamics of eastern Ukraine as a whole.

17 Oct 2018 description
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16 Oct 2018 description

KAMENSK-SHAKHTINSKIY, RUSSIAN FEDERATION 16 October 2018

SUMMARY

Kamensk-Shakhtinskiy, Russian Federation. The Observer Mission (OM) continues to operate 24/7 at both Border Crossing Points (BCPs). The overall number of border crossings by persons increased at both BCPs compared to the previous week.

OPERATIONAL REMARKS

The OM is currently operating with 22 permanent international staff members, including the Chief Observer (CO). The Mission is supported administratively by a Vienna-based staff member.

16 Oct 2018 description

Forced to flee eastern Ukraine, one woman decided to open her own treatment centre for internally displaced special needs children.

By Victoria Andrievska in Sumy, Ukraine | 16 October 2018

16 Oct 2018 description

Kyiv – Thousands of people have been given help to start their own businesses since the start of the conflict in Ukraine. This initiative, conceived and managed by IOM, was celebrated at a festival in the capital Kyiv last weekend.

15 Oct 2018 description

KYIV, 15 October 2018 - Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) Ertugrul Apakan called today for restraint and full adherence to the agreed ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.